Pro Photographer Spotlight - David duChemin

Pro photographer, David duChemin, is a world & humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, digital publisher, and international workshop leader whose adventurous life fuels his fire to create and share. Based in Vancouver, Canada, when he’s home, David leads a nomadic life chasing compelling images on all 7 continents.

When on assignment David creates powerful images that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable and oppressed for the international NGO community.

David’s work can be seen at

Here are some examples of David’s incredible work.


What type of photography do you like best and why?

By trade and calling I am a landscape and humanitarian photographer, but the photographs I like best, regardless of genre, are those that are imbued with mood and emotion. I want to see, and feel, something new, and I want the same for the people who look at my photographs.

What is the one tip you would give to a beginner photographer?

Don’t get caught up in the gear. Learn the basics and then go make photographs. Make a lot of photographs. Better to fall in love with the photographs and the stories, than the means by which we create them.

Where is your favourite place to travel and to photograph?

It’s a toss-up right now. I love Africa, and tomorrow I get back on a plane to return to Kenya for a month. But I also love places like Antarctica, and Iceland. They both do something different for me creatively. One offers me warmth and friendship and culture, while the other offers me vastness of space and fascinating landscapes.

Who is a photographer you have looked to for inspiration?

Though I don’t think you’d know it in my work, I adore the wit and juxtaposition of Elliott Erwitt. I can look at his work for hours. Andrew Zuckerman, too. Very different. But I love the way he focuses on colour and form, especially in his book, BIRD.

Upcoming Workshops

David leads a small number of Within The Frame Photographic Adventures every year. In 2013 he and Jeffrey Chapman are taking small groups to Italy, Oaxaca, and Burma. David also hosts a couple weekend events each year at his home in Vancouver. information on the Within The Frame trips and the Vancouver Gatherings can be found on his website,

Learn more about some of the Gura Gear products David uses: